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Electrocution mishap claims 1
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

GLADEVILLE – A man who was electrocuted shortly after noon on Monday when the lift he was operating came in contact with a power line has been identified.

J.C. Phillips, 41, of Livingston in Overton County, was killed when the basket of the lift machine he was maneuvering into place next to Gladeville United Methodist Church touched a power line. Phillips, who was operating the crane, and another man who was inside the basket, were subcontractors installing siding at the church which has undergone an expansion.

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Man dies, two injured in bar shooting

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Lebanon Police are searching for a person of interest in a shooting shortly after midnight that left one man dead and two other people injured at Les’s Lounge at 1150 Bluebird Road.

Det. Eugene McGee identified the victim as Antonio Darnell Talley, 30, of Lebanon.

The incident occurred about midnight, Sunday, he said, adding an argument may have led to the shooting.

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Property tax protest, still no answer given

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

When a local man protested his increased property tax bill this past spring he expected quick results, but he still has no answer.

Warren “Tom” Sisti said he felt the increase in the value of his property was unfair and unreasonable.

“It’s built on the electric easement, and on the setback, and it’s only two bedrooms,” Sisti said in an interview recently, describing his home. He explained that other homes in Saddlebrook subdivision where he lives are three bedrooms.

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Working harder than a rented mule-A man in Fulmer

By RON HART

“There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless. Observe the ass, for instance: his character is about perfect, he is the choicest spirit among all the humbler animals, yet see what ridicule has brought him to. Instead of feeling complimented when we are called an ass, we are left in doubt.”

-- Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar, Mark Twain

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Former GM worker asks about AIG

To the Editor:

The following is an open letter to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee.

I am a retired GM executive, and when I retired, GM agreed to pay my medical insurance for life - as a result of having a combined age and years of service greater than the number 85. I also got an executive retirement amount that I would receive monthly.  And more times than once, I made career decisions regarding not leaving GM for a higher paying job elsewhere, knowing that I had earned that retirement as part of my total compensation package. 

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Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian Church sets services
Commerce Cumberland Presbyterian Church will continue this series on “Bible Basics About the Family” on Sunday, March 22.
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Commission Employee Compensation panel to meet

There will be a meeting of the Wilson County Employee Compensation Committee, an ad-hock committee for study purposes, on Tuesday, March 24, at 6 p.m., in room 2 of the Wilson County Courthouse. 

Citizen participation is welcomed.  

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Lebanon announces annual Spring Clean Up

The City of Lebanon announces its Annual Spring Clean Up will be held during the month of April.

The intent of this service is for the residents of Lebanon to discard unwanted items generated at their residence. Vacant houses and lots will not be picked up. Generally, the volume of the unwanted items should not exceed what could be loaded in the back of an average size pickup truck.

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Spring finally arrives!

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

Surely you set your alarm clock this morning for 6:44, the arrival of spring!

But don’t get too excited thinking about warmer weather and planting your garden and such. The low tonight drops to the mid 30s and some outlying areas might get closer to freezing.

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State jobless rate climbs to 9.1 percent

County unemployment numbers set for release 

Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley announced Thursday Tennessee’s unemployment rate for February was 9.1 percent, up 0.5 percentage point from the January rate of 8.6 percent.

The February rate a year ago was 5.5 percent. The national unemployment rate for February 2009 was 8.1 percent, up from the January rate of 7.6 percent.

"Data released today (Thursday) continue to highlight the severity of the deepening recession in Tennessee,” Neeley said. “The statewide unemployment rate remains on an upward trend, and the number of unemployed persons has climbed to the highest level since we began keeping these records in 1973.”

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Adult titles on cable concern parent

Charter official tells way to block objectionable content 

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

When a local father discovered that his 9-year-old son was accessing “adult programming” on his cable television, he first blocked the sites.

But that didn’t quite solve the problem. The TV guide scroll which is part of the benefits of having Charter’s extended programming package, with a digital cable box, still showed all the titles that were available.

And the titles were “just a click away” from the information about programs on regular channels.

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Mark Duncan Leavell, 48

LEBANON – A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 20 in the Cedar Grove Cemetery for Mr. Leavell, 48, of Lebanon. A graduate of White Station High School in Memphis, he died Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at University Medical Center.

He was employed in retail management with H.E.B. Food Stores in Spring, Texas and Quik-Stop Markets in Lebanon.

Visitation will be held 9-11 a.m. Friday at the Partlow Funeral Chapel.. Mr. Leavell’s family will officiate the services.

Survivors include: mother Martha Ann Duncan Leavell; brothers Mike (Denise) Leavell, and Mitchell (Mickie) Leavell. Also surviving: nephew Clint Leavell; nieces Kari Leavell and Crystal Thomas; children Nicholas, Veronica and Jewell; and one grandchild.

He is preceded in death by paternal grandparents Oscar and Autra Leavell; maternal grandparents, Fae and Nellie Duncan; father Bobby Lavon Leavell; sister Marcia Ann Leavell.

Pallbearers: Michael Fulton, Justin Fulton, Cory Buhler, Cliff Matthews, Alan Humes and Gene Roller.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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Barbara Madewell Bates, 69

LEBANON – Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, March 20 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. Bates, 69, of Lebanon.

The daughter of the late Howard and Thelma Stults Madewell, she died Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Mrs. Bates had worked for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department as a secretary in the Detective Division.

The family will receive friends Friday, from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Services will be conducted by Pastors Jerry P. Smith and Robert Kitchen with interment Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include sons Tim (Cheryl) Bates, Tony (Kim) Bates and Toby (Cheryl) Bates; grandchildren Laura, Nikki, Tyler, Carson and Callie Bates; sisters Genelle (Melvin) Nelson and Sue Blevins; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband Charles E. Bates and brother David Madewell.

Active pallbearers: Terry Ashe, Larry Bowman, Don Hamblen, Barry Graves, Dayton Jamison, Bob White, Mike Owens and John Edwards. Honorary: employees of Wilson County Sheriff’s Department.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

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Local business learns lesson after phone service switch

By JOHN B. BRYAN
The Wilson Post

A Lebanon business trying to save a few bucks on telephone service has learned a valuable lesson in making a communication transition.
          
Chester Jordan of Jordan’s Catering, a long-time and well-known catering company in Wilson County, thought he’d try switching his telephone service from ATT to Vonage several weeks ago. That’s where the nightmare began.

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CU falls in nationals

Kansas City, Mo. - Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.) used a 9-2 run at the beginning of the second half to propel the Senators to a 72-62 victory over Cumberland in the final game of Day One of the 2009 Buffalo Funds NAIA Men's Division I National Basketball Tournament at Municipal Auditorium Wednesday night.

 

The Senators led by a slim 34-33 margin at the intermission after shooting 33 percent from the field on 10 of 30 accuracy. The Bulldogs were slightly better, making 12 of 31 for 38.7 percent, but Auburn Montgomery made three more free throws and two more 3-pointers in the half to claim the lead.

 

In the second half, Cumberland took a brief 35-34 lead on a basket by Brandon Powell in the first minute of play; however, the Senators' Quadavious Brown drilled two treys and a pair of free throws to give Auburn Montgomery a 42-35 lead it would never relinquish.


Brown finished with a game-high 24 points leading the Senators. He was 8 for 21 from the field, including three of 11 from outside the arc. Robert Johnson added 19 points, including 13 of 15 from the free throw line, and had a game-high 13 rebounds.

For the Bulldogs, Jamar Finley recorded 16 points while Kenneth Simms garnered 15 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

Auburn Montgomery improves to 26-6 and will face William Jewell College (Mo.) Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. CDT. The Cardinals stunned top-seeded Rogers State University (Okla.) earlier on Wednesday. Cumberland completes its season with a 25-6 overall record.

GAME NOTES -- In a battle between one of the top shooting teams in the NAIA and one of the top field goal percentage defenses in the NAIA, Auburn Montgomery held Cumberland to just 39.0 percent shooting from the field ... Auburn Montgomery improves to 10-10 all-time in the NAIA Tournament, including a 6-5 mark in first-round games ... Cumberland falls to 1-3 all-time after its third appearance in the tournament ... Cumberland's loss snaps a two-game winning streak of the 16th seed in the first-round of the tournament ... Quadavious Brown had his ninth game of the season with 20 or more points.

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On Romance
I knew it when I married him. I knew that when it came to romance he was more Ralph Kramden than Casanova. Truth be told, my husband has never changed. He is who he is and that’s what I love about him. While I can be a bit wishy washy, he makes his mind up and never questions the decision made. So why am I surprised that he’s STILL not a hopeless romantic and just “hopeless?”
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Glen Campbell continues to sing his many hits
Dear Ken: What was Glen Campbell’s first hit song? How old is he and how many children does he have?
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Barns of Tennessee preserves some of states disappearing history

Barns of Tennessee, a just-completed book that illustrates the indelible connection between generations of the state’s residents and their farms, has been published in a partnership between Donning Company Publishers, the staff of The Tennessee Magazine and co-authors Caneta S. Hankins and Michael T. Gavin, both of Middle Tennessee State University.

The 160-page, hardbound title features 375 photographs of Tennessee barns—made from stone, log, brick and metal—along with information about each one. Most of the photographs are in color, though several are vintage black-and-white images. 

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Silhouettes created by local man

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Some artists use a brush, but not Wilson County’s Tim Arnold.

He uses a small very sharp pair of scissors.

Arnold practices the art of cutting free-hand paper silhouettes. It’s an ancient practice which grew out of the miniature movement of the 1600s, and is basically unchanged.

Arnold has his subject sit for a portrait much as an oil painter would, except his delicate black portraits are complete in minutes with no need to wait for the paint to dry.

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Some better words today, and thats somewhat better

By ANNE DONNELL

Is it “some better” or “somewhat better” or either one?  I think it’s “somewhat better.”  Am I right?
-Somewhat of a Reader!

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HJR 108 seeks to affirm Tennessees Sovereignty under U.S. Constitution

By State Rep. SUSAN LYNN

State sovereignty is a big deal to state legislators; hopefully, it is to you as well. It is what keeps the federal government from over-stepping its constitutional bounds.

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Experts, not politicians should decide if Bible Park good for area

To the Editor:

The Fox is out and the hen house is still cackling.

It truly amazes me that local leadership continues to possibly derail the development of Lebanon as sister cities like Murfreesboro, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville and Gallatin are enjoying commercial and retail growth, creating jobs, and tax revenue.

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Council defers charter change

Editor’s Note: An article in the March 18 print edition of The Wilson Post relied on an old copy of the Lebanon City Charter that was posted on the city’s website which said a worker could be disciplined up to termination for cause “as determined by the Mayor, by the Commissioner of Public Safety, or by two-thirds vote (4 of 6 votes) of the city council.” That was amended in 2005 to read “…as determined by the mayor and a two-thirds (2/3) vote (to be defined as four (4) of six (6) votes) of the Lebanon City Council.” The Post regrets any confusion and is happy to set the record straight.

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council voted a second time to repeal all previous approval of ordinances supporting the proposed Bible Park, and deferred action on the proposed amendment to the city charter which would have allowed city council to fire or discipline department heads, without the mayor’s consent.

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New housing starts increase in February

By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

New housing starts were up in February for both Lebanon and Wilson County, however, in Mt Juliet the numbers continued to drop.

Lebanon issued 14 permits for new single family houses this February, the same number as in February 2008.

The numbers were up from January 2009 when there were only four requests for new housing permits, which was down from nine in January ’08.

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Jail overcrowding costs county

By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post

Wilson County Jail is overcrowded and it is costing the county money, Sheriff Terry Ashe told Wilson County Commission at the Monday night.

He said part of the reason for the increase is the number of state inmates the county is required to house. He told commissioners he has transferred more than 20 state prisoners to other area jails in the past week.

The county jail only has a capacity of 296 inmates, but it has housed up to 301 in recent days which is against state regulations, the sheriff said in his written report to squires.

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